River Management

Flooding has long been a concern in Vermont, but it was especially brought into the public eye in August of 2011 when Tropical Storm Irene hit the state, dumping record rainfalls over a short period of time. Since then State managers and municipal officials have been adopting strategies to prevent and cope with the next potential flood.

Watershed Consulting can help figure out the best, most cost-effective strategies for river corridors and transportation crossings in your watershed. We model both small- and large-scale watersheds to understand the hydrology, and we know how to evaluate existing infrastructure and natural areas to determine how they can best work together to allow a river to function as naturally as possible, while not resulting in undue impact to existing development.

We have assisted various clients in the past on projects related to the restoration of river corridors and transportation crossings to a more natural condition. This increases the natural ‘roughness’ of channel, slowing water down, and preventing streams from becoming ‘flashy,’ or discharging stormwater runoff too quickly to downstream areas. One project we took on was the restoration of Rice Brook in Warren, VT. This project provides an excellent example of how we can assist you with finding a hydrologically-sound solution to your river restoration projects while not interrupting day to day operation.


  • Sugarbush’s Rice Brook Stream Flow Restoration Culvert Project

    Restoring upper watershed streams to their natural functioning state is a priority in Vermont. Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT contracted Watershed to design a cost-effective stream-restoration culvert retrofit that would allow fish to again swim upstream, and natural background sediment to move downstream.



Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

We model, design, plan, and supervise construction of innovative stormwater management practices such as rain gardens, bio-swales, and green gutters to make your next project more attractive, functional, and economical.

Permitting

Permitting

From Multi-Sector General Permits to Construction General Permits and everything in between, we can guide you through the process efficiently from start to finish.

River Management

River Management

We specialize in assisting communities and businesses with the prevention and repair of damage to river ecosystems through complex modeling and comprehensive design.

Water Quality Investigation

Water Quality Investigation

We offer comprehensive water quality sampling and analysis including Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) surveys to help you meet your water quality goals.

Watershed Master Planning

Watershed Master Planning

We provide technical assistance to communities developing Stormwater Management Programs under the MS4 permit, implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans, and BMP site evaluation and design services.